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Flying Monsters (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [Region Free]
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220 million years ago, as dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth, another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap. Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction.
In Flying Monsters 3D, Sir David Attenborough sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane.
The central question and of the greatest mysteries in palaeontology is how and why did pterosaurs fly. How did creatures the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies?
Attenborough starts to unravel one of science’s more enduring mysteries, discovering that the marvel of pterosaur flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today. NOTE:This has only only one disc to play blue ray and 3D, so on the beginning of playing DVD will give option to play 2D or 3D.Please select either of them to be played in 2D or 3D.
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So we are introduced to the serious science which shows how the fossil record has been discovered and analysed, starting with Mary Anning in Lyme Regis - to document the whole story of how dinosaurs took to the skies and eventualy evolved into Birds.
David is shown in various real-world locations in stunning HD and 3D - then animations are gradually introduced, to show what these creatures looked like and how they flew - developing things like hollow bones and different shaped beaks and wings.
There are some wonderful sequences where bones are animated and lifted out of their fossil base, to become first the complete skeleton in 3D and then into wire frame creatures, as well as the complete thing.
The "making of" documentary shows how the animators were allowed no licence - their creations had to be verified by scientists and experts in this field, to be the best possible representations, based on the data we have. Attenborough explains how he is proud to be involved in popularising the story of the evolution of flight and especially in 3D.
This is an entertaining film and the 3D certainly adds to this - we can see how the creatures actually moved and you get more of a sense of them being living animals, rather than projections. The overall package is nicely presented with a lenticular 3D image on the cover.Read more ›
The 3D quality is very good (and apparently very difficult and expensive to film), and seeing David Attenborough in 3D is a selling point alone. The legend, as always, brings fantastic commentary and unique authority to the topic.
Not for David the soporific inane verbiage accompanying creatures displaying their prowess at various activities but rather David, in this inimitable style, takes the viewer through the development of the pterosaurs from the initial prototype, the Dimorphodon to the final model, the gargantuan Quetzelcoatulus, with a 50 foot wingspan & standing taller than a modern day giraffe.
The overriding characteristics of the pterosaur, & the defining difference with the birds, were the use of an elongated finger which stretched out a skin flap attached to the feet. Combined with an excessively long tail, the initial design resulted in an ungainly ground animal.
The Dawinopterus eliminated this deficiency by having a longer neck & a shorter tail. Many of these variants are shown as skeletons when David either discusses these bones with their discoverers or visits the museums or places of discovery.
David as the Writer & Narrator maintains a brisk pace & never repeats a video clip as some documentaries are wont to do. Despite the steady pace, one is never bombarded with facts but rather presented with a string of discoveries or, as is the case with the pteranodon, a number of theories & speculations about the use of its enormous crest.
Despite the stunning CGI graphics, that is never the point of this video. Rather it is to inform the viewer of the development of the pterosaur over the 150 million years as the only flying animal on earth.Read more ›
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great 3D well worth a watch highly recommended very educationalPublished 28 days ago by SHADOWMANSBLUES
Wow. A brilliant and fascinating documentary. It also confirmed my 3D TV as a very sound investment.Published 1 month ago by Petrov
Have just finished watching this with the family,and sadly we all came to the same conclusion - "a bit boring". Read morePublished 2 months ago by DANIEL CRAGG